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O mio babbino caro – Giacomo Puccini – Beautiful…

Some days ago a recording of O mio babbino caro played by Carlo Aonzo could be downloaded from Acoustic Oasis – a piece that I liked immediately very much. O mio babbino caro is an aria from Puccinis opera Gianni Schicci. It is a lovely melody, especially when it is played by mandolin and guitar or mandolin orchestra like in my first example.

KMC10concert O mio babbino caro

Next a recording of the version sung by famous Maria Callas:

Maria Callas, O Mio Babbino Caro

Now another version with mandolin and guitar, played by Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger – obviously the sound is taken from their CD and they play along on the street.

O’Mio Babbino Caro (Oh My Loving Daddy)

Al Fabrizio and Hugo Wainzinger playing O’Mio Babbino Caro at Monterey Concorso Italiano (2009). Video by Anthony Mata.

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Sheet music

You can find sheet music of this melody at:  http://www.music-for-music-teachers.com/o-mio-babbino.html

Nigel Gatherer has another version of this: http://www.nigelgatherer.com/tunes/tab/tab5/omio1.html

This aria, which translates as Oh, My Dear Daddy, is from Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicci, first staged in 1918. This arrangement is based upon Italian mandolinist Carlo Aonzo’s rendering of it on the CD Traversata (Acoustic Disc ACD-47, 2001). It is tremoloed throughout. I have also arranged a harmony for the piece, which can be accessed here.

Finally my own version of this beautiful melody:

Enjoy playing this lovely melody on your mandolin!

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Northern Italian & Ticino Region Folk Songs for Mandolin

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The Grupo Ayate – Joyfull Plucked Strings from the…

During the last days I have watched many videos with music of the Canary Islands – Gran Canaria or Tenerife. On the Canary Islands they have a tradition of mixed ensembles with plucked instruments – guitar, bandurria, laud and the typical instrument named timple. In most cases the ensemble is used to accompany one or more singers, and not for pure instrumental music like it is typical for the German mandolin orchestras.

Very often the music is joyfull, the players and the audience enjoy the music very much. Some of the pieces reminded me to the music that is played in Venezuela that is based on the same tradition as this music on the Canary Islands.

Have fun with the Grupo Ayate!

El burro de orejas largas grupo ayate

villancico en directo del grupo ayate en navidad fue uno de los programas mas visto en canarias diciembre 09

Polkas.parranda el peral

polkas de la escuela de folklore de los paperos y grupo ayate actuacion en directo cantan varios

 

There is one video in the youtube channel of the Grupo Ayate of a piece for the 5-string timple of the Canary Islands and guitar. I have already watched many videos with music played by a timple and I have planned to write one of my next post especially about the timple of the Canary Islands.

Folias

actuacion de abraham ramos y gamaliel alonso

Additional information

youtube channel of the Grupo Ayate

Information about the instruments of Gran Canaria

Atlas of plucked Instruments with some information about the timple and other Spanish instruments:

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The adventures of the Duyfken: Suite for mandolin orchestra…

Recently I have found some videos of a new composition for mandolin orchestra and percussion by Australian composer Richard Charlton: The adventures of the Duyfken

The vessel Duyfken was a Dutch ship that was the first ship to reach Australia in 1606:

In 1606, the small Dutch ship Duyfken sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island of Nova Guinea.

Under the command of Willem Janszoon, Duyfken and her crew ventured south-east. They sailed beyond Os Papuas (Papua New Guinea) and explored and chartered part of the coast of Nova Guinea. They did not find gold – but they did find the northern coast of a huge continent: Australia. Captain Janszoon was the first European to map and record Australia in history so Duyfken‘s voyage marks the beginning of Australia’s recorded history.

Richard Charlton composed The adventures of the Duyfken in 2007:

“Commissioned by Geoffrey Barber with funds from the Australian Mandolin Music Association…”–P. i.

The first two videos show a performance by the dutch mandolin orchestra Eerste Schiedamse Mandolineorkest ONI:

The Adventures of the Duyfken – Richard Charlton, PART ONE

The Adventures of the Duyfken – Richard Charlton PART TWO

The next two videos were played by the West Australian Mandolin Orchestra conducted by Robert Schulz. The WAMO announces on its homepage that it will travel to France and Germany in June 2010 – I guess that the orchestra will also play at the big Eurofestival in Bruchsal.

The Adventures of the Duyfken – R. Charlton PART ONE

The Adventures of the Duyfken – R. Charlton PART TWO

Finally another video with one movement of this suite played by the British group Fretful Federation:

The Fretful Federation play Charlton’s Duyfken Arafura Sea

Additional information:

The original Duyfken: http://www.duyfken.com/original/

Website of the Eerste Schiedamse Mandolineorkest ONI: http://www.mandolineorkestoni.nl/

Website of the WAMO: http://www.wamo.com.au/

Youtube chanel of the WAMO: http://www.youtube.com/user/wamandolinorchestra

Website of the Fretful Federation: http://www.fretful-federation.co.uk/

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Koray Berat Sari, Baglama and Mandolin Orchestra Jugenzupforchester NRW

I found the following video and as it is a very rare combination I want to present it in my blog.

Last year a special compoetition for the Baglama – an instrument popular in Turkey and played by many immigrants from Turkey in Germany as well – was included in the German competition for young musicians Jugend Musiziert. The orchestra was conducted by Dr. Christian de Witt.

Koray Berat Sari, Jugendzupforchester NRW mit Baglama

Preisträgerkonzert von Jugend musiziert 2009
Baglama mit dem Jugendzupforchester NRW unter der Leitung von Dr. Christian de Witt

 

There is a press release about this (in German)
http://www.jugend-musiziert.org/bundeswettbewerb/presse/pressemitteilung

Baglama

Informations about the baglama from Turkey or more precisely the baglama saz can be found in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments.

http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/middle_east.htm

This is the most well-known Turkish plucked instrument. It comes in several different sizes : the small cura saz, the baglama saz, the bigger divan saz and the biggest : the meydan saz. Nowadays you can also find an electric saz. The baglama (pronounce : bah-lahma) is the most popular. In Iran and Azerbaijan this instrument may be called chogur, choghur or çogur.

Jugendzupforchester NR

Homepage of the Jugendzupforchester NRW: http://www.jugendzupforchester.de/

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